Austrian GP 2019 – Qualifying

Another day in Styria…

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 by Scuderia Toro Rosso

Alexander Albon (STR14-04, Car 23)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:05.481, pos. 11th, 29 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:04.708, (Q2) 1:04.665, pos. 13th
He will start from the back of the grid due to penalties

 

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Alex Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso

 

Alex Albon:

“I’m reasonably happy with today, I think that’s the best we could have done if we consider my penalty and I think we did a good job. It’s true we have to start from the back of the grid, but I’ve done quite a few long runs this weekend and the pace looks good, so a points finish is always the target. Overtaking here is a bit easier than on other tracks so we will see what we can do. I feel my Qualifying is getting better in the past few races. I started off pretty strong, had a bit of a dip in the middle and I’m getting the rhythm again now.”

 

 

Daniil Kvyat (STR14-03, Car 26)
Third Practice Session – Best lap: 1:05.391, pos. 10th, 25 laps
Qualifying – Best lap: (Q1) 1:05.324, pos.18th

 

Austrian Grand Prix qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

 

Daniil Kvyat:

“Unfortunately, our Qualifying was ruined today because we were blocked in the second last corner which cost us a lot of time. I can’t say much more than it is very frustrating. The feeling with the car was good throughout the session and I was on a good lap time which would have put me through to Q2. It’s a shame not to be able to show what the car was able to do today due to these things which are out of my control. We will do our best to recover but it will be a difficult race. I think today we could have been in Q3, or at least close to it, so starting from where we are tomorrow on the grid is not ideal, but we will do our best.”

Austrian F1 qualifying 2019 with Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso

 

Jody Egginton (Technical Director):


“After a challenging Friday, where we struggled to get on top of a couple of persistent balance issues, the guys have worked hard to make improvements for Saturday. As a result, we have been more competitive in FP3, with the drivers being happier with the car balance heading into qualifying. However, Qualifying itself did not go as expected, with Dany not making the cut for Q2 after encountering traffic towards the end of the lap on his second run, forcing him to abandon to avoid a potential incident. Although it is probable he would have made the cut without traffic, the situation is that he has qualified out of position, making tomorrow’s race a more difficult challenge. Alex had a smoother Qualifying, but with his PU penalties the strategy was different, so we did not run a normal programme in Q2 to provide more freedom for the race. Overall, we are not satisfied with today as a team, as we have not taken the maximum from Qualifying. However, we will be fully focused on the race to try and recover.”

 

Toyoharu Tanabe (Honda F1 Technical Director):


“Once again it was very hot for qualifying. Kvyat was very unlucky to meet so many slow cars in front of him at Turn 9 in Q1 which eliminated him and for Albon, qualifying well was not a priority as he has to start from the back. However, we expect them to race well and move up the order. It could be even hotter for the race, which will be tough on the drivers and cars and we are hoping for a strong showing here at Red Bull’s home track.”

 

Session Results

POSDRIVERTEAMTIME
1Charles LeclercScuderia Ferrari1:03.003
2Max VerstappenAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:03.439
3Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:03.537
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport1:03.262
5Lando NorrisMcLaren F1 Team1:04.099
6Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo Racing1:04.166
7Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo Racing1:04.179
8Pierre GaslyAston Martin Red Bull Racing1:04.199
9Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:03.667
10Kevin MagnussenRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:04.072
11Romain GrosjeanRich Energy Haas F1 Team1:04.490
12Daniel RicciardoRenault F1 Team1:04.790
13Sergio PérezSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:04.789
14Lance StrollSportPesa Racing Point F1 Team1:04.832
15Nico HülkenbergRenault F1 Team1:04.516
16Daniil KvyatRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:05.324
17Robert KubicaROKiT Williams Racing1:06.206
18Alexander AlbonRed Bull Toro Rosso Honda1:04.665
19Carlos SainzMcLaren F1 Team1:13.601
20George RussellROKiT Williams Racing1:05.904